How Anglicans Worship – Part 2

August 4, 2013
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The Opening Rite (continued) The rest of the opening rite, after the preparation, starts with the Introit.  This is one of the so-called minor propers, that change for the day and match the readings and prayers.  The Introit begins with the celebrant ascending to the altar, kissing it in reverent recognition of its holiness and […]

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How Anglicans Worship – Part 1

August 3, 2013
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I thought it might be a good time to begin a new series of blog posts, walking through the liturgy as it were, and focusing on things as they come up.  We’ll come back later to talk about private preparation prayers, and instead we’ll begin with the public part of the service.  What I hope […]

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Where do you find that in the Bible?

April 23, 2013
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The title of this blog post is a question that we run into from time to time.  When we hear it we know immediately that the interlocutor has been exposed to a concept called Sola Scriptura.  What is Sola Scriptura? It is a teaching found among a number of sects and cults that the “Bible […]

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Back to Basics

March 9, 2013
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Here is the first installment of a class entitled “Back to Basics” that Fr Sutter has taught in a variety of parishes.  Your feedback is coveted. Back to Basics 1 – What is Anglicanism?

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Things Christians Think about Christianity That Aren’t True

August 13, 2012
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This is the third part of an ongoing series about – well – mistakes that some Christians and some Christian groups make about what Christianity believes or teaches.  In other words, “what isn’t Christianity!”  In the first two installments, we looked at six wrong notions: 1.  Christianity is about keeping the rules. 2. Christians believe […]

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A Few More Things about Christianity that Just Aren’t So

August 11, 2012
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Although no comments were posted about the first installment of this series, I’ll plunge on where angels fear to blog and share some more foolish misconceptions that have become attached to Christianity–in error.  Picking up where the last left off, let’s go on in the Scripture vein. 4. Christians believe that the Bible is the […]

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A Few Ideas about Christianity that are Wrong

July 30, 2012
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Over a nice cup of French Roast yesterday I had the occasion to mention to a priest friend that lately I’ve been pondering a list of wrong things that people believe.  I don’t mean wrong things that are thought by people outside the Church, although there sure are plenty of those.  I mean wrong things […]

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Ancient Worship…Timeless Faith

May 18, 2012
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A few years ago, a fellow priest (hi Jerry!) and I began using the phrase with which I’ve titled this post on websites and printed matter to refer to our traditional Anglican liturgy.  We had realized that the word “traditional” had come to have some bad connotations…for example, to a Roman Catholic, it meant “all […]

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ACNA Liturgical Revision

March 12, 2012
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Many have asked in other venues about the ACNA prayerbook revision process that is ongoing.  For those who are interested, here is the guiding principles that committee is following, and here is the Ordinal they have produced.  This Ordinal is the first published liturgy from that group.  They plan to have a Eucharist produced by […]

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Review of a Western Rite Liturgy

January 19, 2012
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I have recently had the opportunity to examine one of the liturgies in use by the Western Rite Orthodox and must admit to no little surprise.  Let me begin with some simple factual observations. To begin with, the liturgy includes with it a traditional Gregorian chant setting, the Missa de Angelis. In terms of order, […]

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